Inclusion Leader - Summer Day Camp

Pay Range: $12.00 - $13.75/Hour
Job Type: Seasonal
Status Comments: Seasonal; hours may vary
Location: Offered at multiple locations
# of Openings: 40
Application Deadline: 5/31/17


INCLUSION is accepting differences and responding to individual needs in which all individuals are provided a sense of belonging, valued and respected as a contributing member. The act of including encourages flexibility, implementing modifications and personalized adaptations. Inclusion allows for all individuals to experience life to the fullest, and that is what YMCA Summer Camp is all about.

Day Camp inclusion staff will provide direct one to one positive behavior support in order to assist in developing social skills and independence for an individual child attending a Day Camp program. They will directly support each child’s participation and integration into the group setting while reinforcing positive behavior. Ideal candidates are passionate about working with youth and have experience working with children with special needs. They are patient, empathetic, quick on their feet and consistent when working with youth.

What branches are hiring for Inclusion Leaders?

The following are branches that will be hiring for Inclusion Leaders their Summer Day Camp programs and you will identify this preference when filling out the online application. If you are unsure where you'd like to apply, choose the "Not Sure, Please Contact Me" option and someone from Talent Acquisition will follow up with you:

- Magdalena Ecke YMCA - North County (Encinitas)

- La Jolla YMCA - Coastal La Jolla (West of the 5)

- Palomar YMCA - North County (Escondido)

- Peninsula Family YMCA - Coastal Region (Point Loma/OB)

This position truly impacts the lives of others, makes a difference in the community and lives the mission of the YMCA "to help all people realize their fullest potential".

We realize that it takes a special person to fit this role, but if you’re ready to take on the challenge we welcome you to apply!

Basic Assignment

Responsible for working individually with campers with special needs, and helping to facilitate the inclusion into a typical day camp setting. This position is responsible for leading campers in a variety of YMCA programs daily, ensure safety and well-being of campers, participate in planning and implementation of quality YMCA programs and objectives, and serve as a positive role model.


  • Minimum 18 years of age and high school graduate.
  • Previous experience working with children with special needs.
  • Academic background or experience working with children, or experience in the special needs field, helath field or any related field.
  • The physical ability to lift a child in and out of a wheelchair if needed.
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency
  • Ability to adequately observe participant activities, enforce safety regulations and apply appropriate policies and procedures.
  • The physical ability to lead in group activities and to perform related physical skills.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required prior to working with participants and must be from one of the following certifying organization: American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety & Health Institute.

Major Functions

  • Help facilitate inclusion of child into typical day camp program.
  • Work individually with a child with special needs.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of campers.
  • Provide continual supervision and comfort to camper and serve as a leader and positive role model.
  • Facilitate skits, games, songs, crafts and other camp activities.
  • Create an age-appropriate learning environment, which allows for and fosters creativity and individuality in the campers.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisor, staff, campers, and parents.
  • Contact parents each week prior to the first day of camp. Maintain daily communication and feedback with parents.
  • Follow and maintain YMCA standards, goals and objectives.

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